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James J. Gross received his B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Professor of Psychology at Stanford and Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. His research focuses on emotion and emotion regulation, and this research employs both experimental and individual-difference methods. His teaching includes introductory psychology as well as advanced seminars on emotion and emotion regulation. He is Director of the Psychology One Program, and supervises students at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. email website


Bee provides all administrative support to Profs Gross, Walton, Goodman and Thomas.  This also includes students and research groups in the areas of travel and human subject reimbursements, payments of invoices, verification of PCard and Travel card transactions.  She also handles domestic and foreign  travel arrangements and in-charge of ordering supplies in the area.  She process Visiting Student Researcher and Visiting Scholar paper works.

Bee has been with Stanford for 28 years,  from Department of Urology to Medicine and Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. When she is off from work, she loves to watch various concerts around the Bay Area.  She loves dogs and will stop, pet or sometimes talk to dogs that walk around campus. email

Julia grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a B.A., majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate she was a research assistant in Dr. Eiling Yee’s Psycholinguistics lab at the University of Connecticut, examining the relationship between embodied cognition and semantic memory. She also worked as a research assistant in Dr. Golda Ginsburg’s child and adolescent clinical psychiatry lab at the University of Connecticut Health Center, assisting in the development of a unified protocol for treatment of co-morbid disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Julia joined the lab in 2016 as a full-time research assistant, she is currently the Lab Manager of SPL and Research Coordinator for a project investigating affect regulation in women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. In her free time, Julia enjoys hiking, surfing, going to concerts and playing the violin. email

Sylvia Kreibig, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus on Affective Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland under the direction of Drs. Klaus Scherer and Guido Gendolla and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University under the mentorship of Dr. James Gross. The overarching aim of her research is to better understand how emotions impact mental and physical health and how emotion regulation can be used to improve our health. Core facets of her research address the role of appraisals in generating and differentiating emotions and the use of cognitive reappraisal for regulating emotions. Sylvia uses psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods in her research. Sylvia has most recently become interested in exploring the role of emotion dysregulation (during wake time) in disorders expressed during sleep. email website

Postdoctoral Fellows

Andero Uusberg is a visiting postdoc from Estonia. He’s trying to understand how affect functions both as a form of, as well as a target for self-regulation. He combines behavioral experiments with EEG and other psychophysiological windows to underlying processes. Andero defended his PhD thesis at University of Tartu on the electroencephalographic insights into affective attention. He also has a track record in turning scientific insights into social and commercial applications. email

Craig primarily studies the brain's in-vivo functional connectivity, but has experience with [1] FSL and AFNI-based general linear modeling, [2] Bayesian statistics, [3] structural equation modeling, [4] seed-based connectivity analyses, [5] independent component analyses, [6] principal components and factor analyses [7] graph theoretical models, as well as [8] classification and prediction models. Craig earned his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 2014 and his research primarily explored connectivity models in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Craig is currently using his expertise to build up SPL’s technical infrastructure, and to assist with analyses of the neural processes underlying emotional regulation. He is also leading the development, implementation and ongoing operations of several new imaging projects with various collaborators. email

Jamie is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She completed her doctorate (Dr. phil.) in Psychology at the University of Munich, Germany. Jamie is interested in the role emotions play in achievement contexts. Her research focuses on teachers’ experiences of discrete emotions and how they regulate the expression of these emotions, with a specific focus on up-regulating expressions of enthusiasm and the influence teachers’ emotions have on students’ self-beliefs, motivation, and achievement. email

Jennifer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences who earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University (specializing in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience). Her expertise is in appraisal theory and using behavioral and psychophysiological methods to investigate emotion generation and emotion regulation. In her postdoctoral training, she is using intracranial EEG and direct cortical stimulation (DCS) to gain a neuromechanistic understanding of affective

Graduate Students

Amit is a graduate student in the Affective Science program. His research centers around emotional dynamics within and between groups and the effect of these dynamics on group processes such as societal change, collective action and conflicts. In his work, he uses a combination of computational modeling, empirical experiments and big-data analyses. email website

Daniel is a fourth-year graduate student in the Psychology Department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Psychology and English and completed part of his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan. His interests include using neurophysiology (EEG), other process measures (computational mouse-tracking), and behavioral research to examine the relationship between self-control, executive function, emotion, and emotion regulation in an effort to better understand the basic neural and psychological processes underlying these phenomena. Current work also designing interventions to improve self-control. Send him an email to hear more about his work or if you are interested in getting involved with his research team, the Self-Control Research Group (SCRG). email

Maia ten Brink is a second year Psychology graduate student in the Affective Science area mentored by James Gross and Rachel Manber. She uses polysomnography, actigraphy, EEG, psychophysiology, fMRI, and behavioral methods to study how sleep and fatigue interact with emotional and cognitive processes, particularly appraisal and affect regulation; subjective experiences of sleep and fatigue; developmental changes in affect regulation; brain and physiological mechanisms impacting overnight changes in affect; and the neural processes underlying sleep symptoms across multiple forms of psychopathology in order to identify transdiagnostic elements. Send an email to hear more about her research or if you are interested in getting involved in sleep and emotion research as part of her team. email website


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